KATHMANDU: Facing a severe energy-shortage, Nepal is set to import an additional 90 MW of power from India to decrease power-deficit. The electricity transmission is expected to begin from January-end after the completion of a key inter-country transmission line between India and Nepal.
The condition in Nepal’s urban areas is deteriorating day-by-day as the country is facing a 12 hour load- shedding in its major cities.
The energy-shortage is mainly due to the strike of Madhesis at the Indo-Nepal border, disturbing the normal business environment with India. On the other hand, many residents in the urban areas of Nepal are using electricity to cook due to the shortage of cooking gas. As a result, the power-deficit in Nepal has doubled.
Nepal domestically produces 780 MW of energy, whereas, the demand stands at 1,300 MW during peak period. At present, the country imports 235 MW of electricity from India. With the power-deficit doubling, the country has made necessary preparations to import another 90 MW of energy from the sub-continent.
Earlier, Nepal had signed a power-deal with India which facilitates for the supply of additional power, in times of need. The additional power supply from India is expected to solve the power crisis in Nepal, to a grater-extent.